ACLCA 2020 Virtual Conference- Pre-Conference Events

ACLCA 2020 Virtual Conference September 22-24, 2020
Pre-Conference Workshops, September 21, 2020

Pre-Conference Workshops

September 21, 2020

ACLCA is offering nine Pre-Conference Workshops on September 21st.  Details for timing and registration are below. LCACP CEU's are available.   All registrants will receive the video recording of the workshop and materials.

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS SCHEDULE OVERVIEW

10:00 - 1:00 PM (ET)

End of Life Allocation in LCA

Design for Sustainability, and Circularity of Products and Processes

Social LCA's of Products, Organizations & the use of the Various SHDB Tools

Using the Federal LCA Commons Elementary Flow List Toolkit

 

1:00 - 2:30 PM (ET) 

The Role of LCA in Science-Based Targets (SBTs) and CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project)

 

2:30 - 4:00pm  (ET)

When, Where and Why to Use LCA in Scope 3 Accounting

 

1:00 - 4:00 PM (ET)

Data Visualization Best-Practices for Life-Cycle Assessment

Implementing Circular Economy Concepts into LCA for Plastic-Containing Products

Innovation Impact: Using LCA & Sustainability Assessment Competencies as a Force for Good

4:00 - 5:30 PM (ET)

Using Federal LCA Commons Resources to Submit Data to the USLCI

 

PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP DESCRIPTIONS

SESSION 1 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS  (10:00 - 1:00 PM - ET)

End of Life Allocation in LCA   Instructor: Christoph Koffler, sphera  REGISTER 

In this course, you will learn about most common End-of-Life allocation approaches in LCA, the trade-offs between each one, and how to select which one you should use in your project. You will also learn how to implement each in an LCA model with examples provided using the GaBi Professional LCA software. Find out more.

Design for Sustainability, and Circularity of Products and Processes Instructor: Bhavik Bakshi, Ohio State University REGISTER

This course will cover methods for designing products and manufacturing processes to meet the goals of sustainability and circularity. Find out more.

Social LCA's of Products, Organizations & the use of the Various SHDB Tools Instructor: Monique Bennema, NewEarthB

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Learn how to apply Social Life Cycle Assessment (SLCA) in the context of a social responsibility program. Learn more about Social-LCA methodology in general and how you can conduct S-LCA's using the Social Hotspot DataBase (SHDB) tools. Find out more.

Using the Federal LCA Commons Elementary Flow List Toolkit Instructor: Troy Hottle, Eastern Research Group, Sarah Cashman, Eastern Research Group, Wes Ingwersen, U.S. EPA  REGISTER

This course will provide step-by-step instruction for the use and application of Federal LCA Commons Elementary Flow List (FEDEFL) and associated tools. Find out more.

 

SESSION 2 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (1:00 - 4:00)

Data Visualization Best-Practices for Life-Cycle Assessment Instructor: John Sherwood, Clemson University. REGISTER

The workshop will be divided into two parts. The first part will be content-focused, teaching participants about data visualization techniques. The second part will be a group discussion focused on critique and improvement of selected LCA visualizations using skills gained from earlier in the workshop. Note that this workshop will not be tied to a specific graphing program. Rather, the workshop will cover general principles that could be utilized in any graphing software. Find out more.

Implementing Circular Economy Concepts into LCA for Plastic-Containing Products Instructors: John Beath, JBE; Brandie Sebastian, LCA-CP, Sustainability Practice Co-lead, JBE and Vice Chair/Secretary, ACLCA; Kristen Rowe, MEM, Sustainability Practice Co-lead, JBE

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This workshop will address the concept of the circular economy, describe its limitations and benefits, and present state-of-the art and innovative quantitative approaches for incorporating circular economy concepts into traditional LCA studies of plastic-containing products. Find out more.

Innovation Impact: Using LCA & Sustainability Assessment Competencies as a Force for Good Instructor: Caroline Taylor REGISTER

This short course will explore the practicalities of providing, concrete, robust quantitative assessments, and lay groundwork to help practitioners and other key stakeholders identify existing core competencies and opportunities to expand their tools to serve this growing need and engage skills across sectors. Find out more.

 

SESSION 3 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (1:00 - 2:30 - ET)

The Role of LCA in Science-Based Targets (SBTs) and CDP (formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project) Instructors: Jordan Chamberlain, WSP USA, and Julie Sinistore, WSP USA REGISTER

This workshop will cover the basics of how LCA can be used to inform SBTs and CDP disclosures as well as provide a valuable update on how the frameworks have changed in the past year and new ways in which LCA can fit into these frameworks. Find out more.

SESSION 4 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (2:30 - 4:00 - ET)

When, Where and Why to Use LCA in Scope 3 Accounting Instructors: Jordan Chamberlain, WSP USA, and Julie Sinistore, WSP USA REGISTER

In this workshop, we will dive into the benefits and drawbacks of different data sources to inform Scope 3 accounting, such as LCAs, utility data, and government databases based on industry sector averages. In a resource-constrained world, organizations must balance effort with a benefit when determining how to set and track against Scope 3 baselines. Find out more.

SESSION 5 PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS (4:00 - 5:30 - ET)

Using Federal LCA Commons Resources to Submit Data to the USLCI Instructor:Rebe Feraldi, LAC Federal, in Collaboration w/ NREL REGISTER

The objectives of this course are to 1) update participants on the status of the FLCAC resources and how to navigate and obtain public data for use in their projects, and 2) to use online USLCI support resources to walk participants through formatting and submitting their data for publication in the USLCI. The course will walk through the publication workflow from a local file to published dataset on lcacommons.gov using openLCA and the LCA Collaboration Server (repository and version control software developed through a cooperative agreement between USDA and GreenDelta). At the end of the course, the user will have a clear understanding of the what, why, and how of LCI data publication on the USLCI, and gain deeper insight into the Federal LCA Commons. Find out more.

Student Workshop

Introduction to LCA Workshop (No Charge for Students)
September 21, 2020 10AM - 1PM

The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) is pleased to present this Student Workshop at ACLCA 2020. This short course is specifically designed for undergraduates (or post-graduates new to LCA), to provide an introduction to life-cycle assessment (LCA). In this course, you will learn the basics of the LCA method and its application to real-life situations.

LCA provides a holistic quantitative technique to evaluate the environmental impacts of products, systems, and technologies. It provides a valuable tool for environmental analysis and decision making. This course will provide an introduction to LCA methods, techniques, results, and applications. On completion of this course you will have an understanding of life cycle thinking and why it is important in environmental decision making; explain the basics of the LCA method and interpret its results, and discuss the advantages and limitations of LCA in practice. The course will cover an introduction to life-cycle thinking, methods of LCA, results interpretation, applications, and hands-on case studies.

Student Workshop REGISTER HERE.